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Frank’s Records opens vinyl speakeasy in Hong Kong

Italian American bar-restaurant is a mecca for DJs

LiFTED | Sean D | 21 Dec 2021

Across Asia, and particularly in Japan, record bars have been all the rage for the past decade or so – coinciding with a renewed appreciation for music on wax globally. But on December 18 Frank’s Italian-American Social Club in Hong Kong launched a cozy, design-driven record shop-bar with a speakeasy vibe that is destined to be a late-night haven for the city’s vinyl DJs and aficionados.

Already a home to vinyl-only record nights, the bar at Frank’s has become a focal point for the city’s top selectors. Now, if you know the right peeps, you can enter the building’s narrow lobby and take the tiny lift to the 7th floor, where you’ll find Frank’s Records – a sleek, retro bar with dark timber record bins stuffed with classic vinyl, from Old School Hip Hop to Dub Reggae to Dance staples. A DJ booth promises to be manned by your favorite record heads, in an intimate, hush hush, need-to-know-someone atmosphere. In other words, it’ll be packed.

Frank’s Records will do a limited seafood menu at the bar, and they are already famous for their cocktails, so all the ingredients are in place for some late-night drinking in style. There’s also a groovy little oudoor lounge area for special events and small parties.

Frank’s Records kicked off with a special sneak preview on December 12 – an all-day collab with another Hong Kong staple, Yardbird. It was all about yakitori and oysters upstairs, plus drinks and even a limited edition Yardbird x Frank’s cooler record bag by Herschel for some lucky people who got their hands on one. The DJs kept it bumping, and people danced, ate, and drank until late.

Franks’ Records is a very welcome addition to Hong Kong’s music scene. You can go to Frank's Records website and keep up with their upcoming events!